Registration for the 2017 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo opens Wednesday, February 1 at 10 a.m. at BikeReg.com/GranFondo.
For 2017, the event is offering 50 Early Bird Entries ($125). When all of the Early Bird Entries have been claimed, the next 100 registrants can take advantage of Start Line Discounts ($130) before standard registration goes into effect.
The event is capped at 550 cyclists. Previous editions of the event have filled in advance. Hopeful participants are encouraged to register early.
Reserve your Harrisonburg-area lodging as soon as possible. The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo will take place Sunday, October 1, 2017.
All lodging rates listed below are offered to Alpine Loop Gran Fondo participants first come, first served until hotels are booked. Many of these special rates expire 30 days in advance of the event. Book early!
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
The Host Hotel of the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo
The Fairfield is offering discounts for Gran Fondo participants within the dates of September 29 October 2, 2017.
Reservations must be made by September 8, 2016.
One King or Two Queens: $129/night
Reservations are available by calling 540-433-9333 or booking directly.
Mark your calendar to share in this Virginia cycling tradition.
Organizers of Jeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Loop Gran Fondo have announced the 2017 edition of the event will take place October 1, in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Registration for the event will open on BikeReg.com in February 2017. The previous editions of the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo have sold out in advance. Participants are encouraged to register early.
Hosted by professional cyclist Jeremiah Bishop, the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo has become a Virginia cycling tradition, featuring five outstanding cycling routes and an unmatched after-party.
Bishop nicknamed his favorite training route after the glorious mountain top meadows, winding climbs and hillside farms reminiscent of the Austrian, German and Swiss settings where he has competed. This magnificent scenery is the backdrop for the most challenging and adventurous Gran Fondo in the United States – now in its seventh year. The namesake route begins in Harrisonburg, Virginia and covers 108 miles featuring 11,500 feet of climbing.
In addition to the 108-Mile Alpine Loop, there are options that encourage and challenge cyclists of all abilities to join in the Gran Fondo. At 103, 78, 62, and 36 miles, these courses showcase the idyllic scenery that make Harrisonburg and Rockingham County famed riding destinations.
The event serves a charitable mission to support the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project, Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, Build Our Park, and a variety of other local organizations and initiatives.
For more information, visit www.AlpineLoopGranFondo.com.
Returning as classic routes for the 2017 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, there are two ways to experience the renowned riding of the Shenandoah Valley: The Valley View Challenge and Mt Solon Metric Century! These routes offer an experience for cyclists of all abilities.
The Valley View Challenge is a 36-mile route that showcases the idyllic scenery and country roads that make Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia famed riding destinations. The route is almost entirely paved; we’ve thrown in a few brief connectors on little dirt roads, over low-water bridges and up country lanes – and they make the experience one to remember! Don’t let the “Valley” fool you; this route offers a great challenge with over 2,600 feet of rolling climbs and a steep jaunt up Mole Hill.
The Mt Solon Metric Century offers 100 kilometers (62.4 miles) of Shenandoah Valley riding, including beautiful country lanes and nearly-secret riverside roads beyond Mt Solon. This route rolls through 3,743 feet of climbing.
The final miles of the Valley View Challenge and the Mt Solon Metric Century wind through the farming communities of Ottobine and Dayton, Virginia where horse-pulled carriages are frequent sights along the country lanes.
For the 2017 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, there are two ways to experience the challenge of Shenandoah Mountain without having to take on the dirt road climbs of the Alpine Loop: the Shenandoah Mountain Adventure and the Shenandoah Mountain Century.
The Shenandoah Mountain Adventure offers an amazing challenge of 77 miles with over 6,500 feet of climbing on some of the most ideal mountain roads around! Following the same mountain climbs with additional miles, the Shenandoah Mountain Century serves up 100+ miles with 7,800 feet of climbing. Introduced in the 2015, the Shenandoah Mountain Century proved to be an instant favorite, and a course that will be included in the event for years to come.
Both routes include two (optional) timed KOM sections: one on Virginia Route 33 up the eastern side of Shenandoah Mountain and the other on the feisty .5-mile Mole Hill climb about 5 miles before the finish line. Riders love the wide-open winding road leading into West Virginia. Once there, you’ll enjoy a few miles meandering alongside the headwaters of the Potomac River. The routes’ hidden gem: a serpentine climb up the western side of Shenandoah Mountain on the newly-paved Moyers Gap Road; a treat you’ll only get to enjoy if you’re in for the Shenandoah Mountain Adventure or Shenandoah Mountain Century!
Once you rise to the challenge of the final climb, hang on tight for your return to the Valley! Adventure riders will take the direct return to the Finish Line, while Century riders will continue on a scenic loop with rolling riverside miles along the base of the mountain.
The final miles of these routes roll through the countryside and farming communities of Ottobine and Dayton, where horse-pulled carriages are frequent sights along the country lanes.